Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | March 10, 2015

Ambassador Carlo Trezza advocates CTBT ratification by Iran as confidence building measure

In his article in the European Leadership Network entitled Iran nuclear negotiations: a good deal is within reach, Ambassador Carlo Trezza of Italy, Chairman of the Missile Technology Control Regime, make the case for CTBT ratification by Iran as a confidence building measure and to give a new impulse for the creation of a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East:

“There is no evidence that Iran is close to the testing stage, nor should it be allowed to reach that stage. But in order to reassure the international community on this crucial point, the Iranian authorities should muster the political courage to ratify without preconditions the treaty prohibiting nuclear testing, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). This bold gesture would confirm the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and become a watershed not only for the present negotiation, but for the whole Middle East. Israel might be induced to follow suit. Both Israel and Iran are no strangers to the CTBT: both have actively participated in the crafting of this treaty in Geneva, both were among its first signatories on 24 September, 1996, and both belong to the so called “Protocol 2 countries” whose ratification is indispensable for the entry into force of the Treaty. Iran’s CTBT ratification would also give an impulse and a new direction to the presently stalled process leading to the establishment of an area free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, which in turn would contribute to the survival of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a pillar of international peace and security and give a boost to its Review Conference scheduled in May in New York.”

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